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...

Former deputy charged

WAKE FOREST — A former Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy and part-time Youngsville Police Officer was charged  by Wake Forest police Monday with cyberstalking, filing a false police report, harassing communications and communicating threats. The charges came after Dwane Lee...

Letters tell Vietnam story

Author experiences infused in fictional novel To Any Soldier. By David Leone WAKE FOREST – How do you write about two distinct personalities who communicate by letters while maintaining their voice? Ask local authors G.C. “Pete” Hendricks and Kathryn Watson Quigg. Their...

Icepocalypse dodged

Winter storm stresses municipal resources. By David Leone To plow, or not to plow, is a real question. A wintry mix of weather that struck over the weekend didn’t quite turn out to be snowmageddon, or the icepocolypse, predicted for this region, though other areas of the state...

Water main breaks

Cold snaps Durham Road line twice in two nights. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Water in pipes freezing and thawing is believed to have been the cause of a 12-inch water main breaking early Tuesday morning. That same line, restored late in the day, broke again early Wednesday,...

Share a cup of joe with police Feb. 3

ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Police Department will host a Coffee-with-a-Cop gathering at the Rolesville McDonald’s, 415 S. Main St., from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for police officers and community members to come together...

Forestry management classes available for women

LOUISBURG — More potential income from wooded lands is lost through unwise timber sales than through fire, storms, insects and diseases combined, according to the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s (NCCE) Family and Consumer Education division. While all owners of forested land need to...

Guard against cold-weather crooks

RALEIGH — Falling temperatures remind us of the changing seasons, but we also need to be aware of seasonal scams. Winter conditions often bring an increase in reports of a particular scam that capitalizes on our fear of being cold. And after winter storms, unscrupulous businesses...

Chief Leonard named executive of the year

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard has been named the 2016 North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year. The honor is a tribute to Mowery, a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief who started the D.A.R.E. program in...

Four advisory boards have openings

WAKE FOREST — The town of Wake Forest is looking for volunteers to make a difference in the community by applying to fill one of the vacancies on the Cemetery Advisory Board (CAB), Cultural Resources Advisory Board (CRAB), Recreation Advisory Board (RAB) and Urban Forestry Board...

Cop captures community servant award

Recognition first of its kind given by the Wake Forest Optimist Club. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Looking to highlight someone for perennially lifting the spirits of children? Do like the Optimist Club and turn to a woman who can easily be called Kim Possible. Wake Forest Police...

Future female sport stars in the making

Last week, I pointed out some fall and winter sports male athletes who are underclassmen, but have potential to be the next local superstar. This week, I’m focusing on the underclassman female athletes who are already making big plays during the fall and winter sports season....

Film debut delayed

WAKE FOREST — Uptone Pictures’ release date for its new Civil War film, Union Bound, has been pushed back two months. “Medallion/Universal … had to move the release date to April 22 due to not having the MPAA rating yet and many theaters will not commit. They want to insure a...

Water cleanup agreement reached for Stony Hill community

RALEIGH — State officials have reached an agreement with a company to clean up groundwater contamination in a Wake Forest community where residential drinking wells were impacted by chlorinated solvents. Federal officials in 2014 paid to supply people in the Stony Hill Road...

Business briefs

Wake Forest Chamber happenings Schmooza Palooza has been rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 5, 9-11:45 a.m., Wake Electric, 100 S. Franklin St. Marsha Smith joins Pate Realty Group Brian Pate, President of the Pate Realty Group at Keller Williams Preferred Realty is pleased to announce...

Register now for small farms conference

LOUISBURG — Small farms continue growing in Franklin County and surrounding counties. In 2015, a Franklin County Small Farm Association was formed to meet the demand for educational information to help members be successful and to network with one another. The popular annual...

Self-publishing workshop February 20

FRANKLINTON — Franklin County Arts Council is sponsoring a workshop titled Introduction to Self-Publishing Feb. 20 at FCAC Headquarters, 22 S. Main, Franklinton, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $30 for FCAC members, $50 for non-members. Participants are asked to...

Body found in woods

WAKE FOREST — The body of a 24-year-old man was found in the woods behind the GameStop shopping center near 11216 Capital Blvd., Sunday evening. Wake Forest police found Garrett Woody of Wake Forest after a K9 search with Tyrus following an alert from a family member. Officers...

Free tax help available for seniors

AARP Foundation has provided individual federal and N.C. state income tax preparation assistance to low income and seniors for more than 25 years. Counselors are qualified by the IRS to offer this assistance after successfully passing an examination and proficiency testing. The...

Kudos – week of Jan. 28, 2016

Academics honored •Whitney Cochran of Raleigh made the dean’s list at York College of Pennsylvania. To qualify, students must be registered for 12 or more academic credit hours with a grade point average of 3.50 or better. •Cameron R. Lee of Wake Forest and William J. Parsons of...

Franklin County Arts Council fundraiser Feb. 4

FRANKLINTON — Franklin County Arts Council announces their fourth annual Heart for Art Gala which will take place Thursday, Feb. 4 at the historic home of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Whitaker on 210 Winston Street, Franklinton. The free event begins at 6 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m....

How do you spell champion?

ROLESVILLE — Rolesville Elementary School held their spelling bee Thursday, Jan. 21. After more than 40 rounds, which completed the Scripps School Spelling Bee Study List and began the additional words, fifth-grader Jeremy Ayuk-Takem, in Ms. Ellison’s class, was declared the...

Middle School students get a taste of college

WAKE FOREST — Heritage Middle School eighth-graders had the opportunity to visit various local colleges such as Wake Technical Community College, Louisburg College, Meredith College, Living Arts College, N.C. State University and UNC Chapel Hill. They have also visited Shaw...

School Briefs – week of Jan. 28, 2016

Send school news and photos to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines Drive Elementary Jan. 28 is open house for new and prospective students, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Heritage Middle School •High School on the Horizon, Jan. 26, 5:30-6:30 in the auditorium. •PTA Spirit Night at PDQ, Feb. ...