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Olive Branch extends thanks

Church celebrating 150 years of dedicated membership. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The year 1865 is perhaps best known locally as the end of the Civil War. But it was also a year of firsts for many African-Americans. It is the year Olive Branch Baptist Church was formed,...
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From stable to sanctuary

Wake Forest Baptist marks 100 years in church building Sunday. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — There are more than a few longstanding churches around, but none are as entwined with the history of the town as Wake Forest Baptist. Founded alongside the Wake Forest Institute (Wake...
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Exploring a future in medicine

LOCAL PROFILES By Carol Taber WAKEFIELD — Some kids go off to college with little more than a rough idea of what they would like to do after college. Others don’t have a clue and hope they will find their passion during their four years at a university. This is not the case with...
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Find your car after bad weather clears

RALEIGH — The State Highway Patrol has implemented a new Towed/Stored Vehicle Search engine and has added the link to the Department of Public Safety’s website. The search engine was developed to assist motorists with locating vehicles stored by the Highway Patrol especially...
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Stay warm, safe in severe weather

RALEIGH — Shortly after noon Monday, Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency for the entirety of North Carolina in order to mobilize all the resources necessary to contend with both the anticipated snow and ice as well as the anticipated record-breaking cold. By the...

Winter storm shifts events

This week’s winter weather has caused a number of events to be rescheduled. Below are the ones we received notice about by press time: •The Youngsville Woman’s Club Soup and Bake Sale has been postponed until Thursday, March 5, at the Community House. The Community House will be...

Help trees, shrubs weather the winter

WAKE FOREST — Heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in residential landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse...

Husband passes away, leaving bills

Get out of debt by Steve Rhode Dear Steve: My husband passed away a few years ago. A couple of years ago I had a couple of strokes and I really have a hard time remembering things. I know there were a couples of bills but I can’t find the right paperwork but a collector is trying...

Forgivable education loans for service

The Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS) Program provides financial assistance to qualified North Carolinians who are committed to working in fields designated as critical employment shortage areas in North Carolina. A FELS loan for one academic year generally will be...

SHIIP is not just for seniors

WAKE FOREST — Did you know that if you are under age 65 and have a disability you may be eligible for Medicare? If you have questions about your health insurance options, SHIIP can help. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina...
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Couple marks 50th anniversary

WAKE FOREST — Boyd and Pam Alig, of Wake Forest, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 6. Their children and spouses are Mike and Danae Alig, of Wake Forest, Jennifer and Guy Klein, of Lake Wylie, S.C., and Teresa and Laurence Somerville, of Raleigh. Grandchildren are...

It’s the political season, again

The following political party meetings have been submitted for publication. Submit your meeting to news@wakeweekly.com. •Wake County Republicans The Republican Party annual joint precinct meeting is Feb. 19 at the Kerr Scott Building at the N.C. Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 p.m....

AARP aids with tax filing

FRANKLINTON — Are you 60+ and need to file taxes? Volunteers will the AARP Tax Aide Program will be at the Franklinton Senior Center, 602 E. Mason St., every Wednesday through April 15. Participants will need to bring their previous tax returns and any income information. This is...
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Town fetes Wake Forest football team

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Cougar football team was feted by the town and residents following Saturday’s Mardi Gras street festival in downtown Wake Forest. A contingent of the marching band led the parade as well as provided familiar music from football games in  front of...

Repair loans and grants program

FRANKLINTON — Did you know that there is a program through USDA Rural Development that can help with repair loans and grants for single family housing? Rural Development Area Specialist Kimberly Hunt will be at the Franklinton Senior Center, 602 E. Mason St., Feb. 25 at 10:30...

Report power outages properly

If you lose power in this week’s winter storm (or at any other time), call your power company. Do not call 911 unless there is an emergency. To report outages, use the following numbers: •Wake Electric: 800-743-3155 or 919-863-6499. •Duke Energy Progress: 800-419-6356. •Town of...

African-American read-in Feb. 21

KNIGHTDALE — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Chi Rho Omega Chapter, will host their annual National African-American Read-In Feb. 21, at the East Regional Library, in Knightdale, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is the 26th year of the national event. Alpha Kappa Alpha...
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View 13th Amendment this month

RALEIGH — Visitors to the State Capitol this February can view North Carolina’s copy of the 13th Amendment and meet some of the state’s first African American legislators. Folks can step back in time Feb. 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., during “With All Our Rights,” as the Capitol hosts...

Town warns about notices from American Water Resources of N.C.

WAKE FOREST — Area residents have reported receiving a notice from American Water Resources of North Carolina, a private company located in New Jersey, said Wake Forest Communications Director Bill Crabtree in a statement Tuesday. The postcard notification, which looks similar to...

G­­et help finding your African-American ancestors Feb. 21

RALEIGH — The Finding your African-American ancestors workshop on Feb. 21 will introduce research techniques for finding African-American ancestors prior to 1870. The discussions will include slave laws during this time period and what materials are available at both the...
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Thieves file phony tax returns

By Roy Cooper, N.C. Attorney General Tax return identity theft happens when thieves use your Social Security Number to file tax returns and claim a large refund. You discover the fraud when you file your own tax return and the Internal Revenue Service says they’ve already...

Wake Forest police reports – Feb. 19, 2015

Incidents Reported Feb. 9-15. •A 50-inch TV was reported stolen from Walmart, 2114 S. Main St. Feb. 12, 10:09 p.m. •Counterfeit bills were reported used at Walgreens, 941 Durham Road. Feb. 12, 3:00 p.m. •Counterfeit bills were reported being used at Food Lion, 12295 Capital Blvd....