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Shrek — the Musical

WAKE FOREST — Heritage High School Theater presents Shrek the Musical, which opens next week. Shows are Thursday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 5 through Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. There is one matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m....

Free FAFSA day is set for Feb. 28

RALEIGH — College financial aid officers and specialists will be available across North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 28 to help high school seniors and families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms online. Free FAFSA Day programs will be...
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Bee-ing smart

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Charter Academy recently hosted the Scripps School Spelling Bee and is happy to announce the top three finishers. Chelada Livingston placed first, Anisah Sison placed second and Hadley Ayers placed third. Livingston will advance to the state spelling bee...
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Wake Sheriff reports — Jan. 22, 2015

    Reported Jan. 10-16. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Franklin County •Brian Christopher Hawkins, 27, 15 Mill St., Raleigh, was arrested on a Franklin County warrant by Raleigh Police Officer W.R. Sanders at the Wake County jail and...

Wake Forest police reports – Week of Jan. 22, 2015

Incidents Reported Jan. 12-16, 2015 •Damage to a concrete water fountain was reported at 1088 Marshall Farm St. Jan. 16, 9:02 a.m. •Fraud was reported at Farm to Table restaurant at 3325 Rogers Road. Jan. 15, 10:03 p.m. •Fraud was reported at 1132 Chilmark Ave. Jan. 15, 9:18 p.m....
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Tri-county Gymnastics comes out on top

WAKE FOREST — Tri-County Gymnastics from Youngsville came out on top at the Crystal Coast Ice Breaker competition, which took place in Newport Jan. 15. The gymnasts came away victorious with XCEL Bronze and Gold teams placing second All-Around and XCEL Silver, level 6 and level 7...
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Warning: Headaches ahead

  Purnell, Oak and Forestville roads to close for bridgework in 2015; Rogers in 2016. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The N.C. Department of Transportation begins long-awaited, bridge replacement projects next month on Purnell Road, with closures on Forestville and Oak streets...
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Town raises baseball fees, approves rezonings

by Clellie Allen YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners unanimously voted in December to raise participation fees from $90 to $110 for the current spring baseball season. Parks and Recreation Director Pete Gibson made the recommendation for a fee increase after outlining to commissioners...
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Guessers go ape over contest

Hoy Auction wants a name for its parking lot primate. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — What is 8 feet tall and grey-black all over? That’s what Jay Hoy wants you to tell him. Hoy, owner of Hoy Auction Company, plunked a larger-than-life gorilla statue in front of his business at 1303...
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Youngsville art festival this weekend

YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville Woman’s Club hosts their 60th Arts Festival at the Youngsville Museum of History this weekend. Showings are Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. The museum is located at 120 W. Franklin Street and the festival is open to all. This year’s...

Body Shop leaving Wake Forest

Move to NYC to affect 145 local jobs. WAKE FOREST — The Body Shop is moving its U.S. headquarters to New York City. Now located in Wake Forest off Burlington Mills Road, the move will affect up to 145 local jobs, Body Shop spokesperson Kathleen Linder stated in a press release...
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Solar shades deemed ‘functional art’

Defining Wake Electric additions left planners scratching their heads. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Construction on the new Wake Electric Membership Corp. building on Franklin Street is nearly complete. All that remains now is to build solar shades on ether side of the entrance....
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International film festival coming Jan. 24

LOUISBURG — The red carpet, glittering awards and a full line-up of indy films are coming to Louisburg College Jan. 24-25 in the international film festival, First in Aviation. Both feature length and short films from nine countries, including Bangladesh, Denmark, Germany, Greece...
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Blasting work begins on Smith Creek project

WAKE FOREST — The city of Raleigh and Park Construction of NC, Inc., are slated to begin blasting and excavation operations in the area of the Smith Creek Greenway as part of the Smith Creek Interceptor Improvement Project (SCIIP). Residents who live near the Smith Creek Greenway...
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Hope Lutheran holds Night to Shine Feb. 13

WAKE FOREST — Hope Lutheran Church has been selected as one of 50 host sites for the upcoming nationwide Night to Shine prom for people with special needs. The event will happen in 50 different cities across the country simultaneously Friday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. The...
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Wake Fire show filmed locally

Living Arts students, grads dominate the crew. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Next month, when the old planning cottage near town hall goes up in smoke as part of a fire department training exercise, the crew of Wake Fire will be there to film it. Wake Fire is a yet-to-be-...

Koinonia celebrates ‘25th’ Feb. 7

WAKE FOREST — The Koinonia Foundation will celebrate 25 years of meeting needs in the Wake Forest area with its Koinonia Cares charity auction Feb. 7. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Forks Cafeteria in downtown Wake Forest. This year’s theme is Caring for the Hearts of...

Catch local opportunities to be involved, informed

Town of Wake Forest briefs — Jan. 15, 2015 WAKE FOREST — The new year is off and running for the town of Wake Forest. Following are some of the key happenings: Register now for Elsa & Ana’s Frozen Wonderland Wake Forest Parks & Rec is hosting two times for Elsa &am...
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Help Venture Crew 5 – stock up on Brunswick stew Jan. 17

WAKE FOREST — Just in time to stave off the cold weather, Venture Crew 5 (above) will be selling Brunswick Stew Jan. 17 at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church for $8 a quart as a fundraiser to help offset the cost of youth and leaders going to Winterfest in February. Winterfest is...
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MLK celebration, interracial dialogue events Jan. 22

Free celebration to be preceded by presentation on state of racial situation in Wake Forest. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Quelling racial disharmony will be the theme for a new program organized by multiple faith leaders for the afternoon of Jan. 22 on the campus of Southeastern...
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Small farm conference coming

LOUISBURG — There are many opportunities in North Carolina for the small farmer. To explore several options, a regional conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Vance-Granville Community College multi-purpose building in Louisburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the...

Police ask residents to contact them first for suspicious activity

WAKE FOREST — In response to a wave of recent rumors on local social media websites, police officials are urging residents to report suspicious activity to the Wake Forest Police Department and not just post information on Facebook to avoid the spread of possible hoaxes. In late...

Franklin County’s EIA clinic set for Feb. 21

LOUISBURG — Plan to bring your equine to the annual Franklin County EIA Coggins Clinic scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21 (snow/ice date: March 7) to the Farmers Market Shelter in Louisburg near the Shannon Village Shopping Center. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Horse owners must...
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America in Satire

Local Gamers by David Allen I’ve been able to write about a number of famous franchises, but none have held such a high position of notoriety due to its infamous gameplay and ability to be a household name. I am, of course, talking about “Grand Theft Auto V” (GTAV), the latest...