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Wright named director of fire services

RALEIGH — Michael Wright has been selected as the Director of Wake County Fires Services. Wright will be responsible for the county’s Fire Services Department and Fire Training Center including fire code enforcement, fire investigations, Emergency Response and Hazardous...
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Veterans decompress with paintball

Wake Forest resident holds military simulation games to help with PTSD. By David Allen WAKE FOREST — When soldiers come back from active duty, there aren’t many activities that are both fun and stress-relieving. Enter Ben “Jammin” Thomas. The Youngsville resident is Alpha company...
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BREAKING: Wake Forest Police help nab armed robbery suspect

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department has charged a Raleigh man in connection with the Oct. 8 armed robbery of a Wake Forest woman along the 6200 block of Ridgemount Street. Friday, Wake Forest Police charged Walter Kevin Johnson, 28, with one count of robbery with a...
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TRAFFIC ALERT: East Perry and North Main traffic detours next week

WAKE FOREST — Drivers who normally use East Perry Avenue and North Main Street will need to rethink their routes Monday and Tuesday. The section of East Perry Ave from North White Street to North Taylor Street will be closed from 9:30-11 a.m. Monday and North Main from West...
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Wake Forest woman struck, killed on I-540

She arrived to help a friend who needed gas, police say. By David Leone RALEIGH — A woman who took a taxi to I-540 to help a friend was killed after being struck by another driver who ran off the road Friday, authorities say. Lauren Ann Gervig, 25, of Wake Forest, died at the...
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Benton, bonds win election

By David Leone WAKE COUNTY — Incumbent Tom Benton of Zebulon beat out Wake Forest resident Don McIntyre for the Wake County Board of Education District 1 race Tuesday. Benton obtained 4,211 votes to McIntyre 3,889, garnering 52 percent of the district’s vote. Additionally, voters...
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String of successes for local bluegrass band

By Jonathan McNamara FRANKLINTON — A local bluegrass band recently played at the popular Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass week in downtown Raleigh Sept. 24-28. The event featured the best in bluegrass...
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Roll film

Magic of Christmas to be captured on film by Wake Forest church. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Every year, Living Word Family Church holds a Christmas production. This year, they’re going above and beyond. They’re filming a Christmas movie. “Typically we do a very large stage...
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Volunteer tree nursery opens Oct. 23

WAKE FOREST – The Wake Forest volunteer tree nursery will hold its grand opening Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Located on 701 Harris Road, E. Carroll Joyner Park, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony which will include brief remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones and members of the Urban Forestry...
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Mayoral forum tonight

Former congressional candidate sets his sights on town hall. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — The two candidates for mayor appear side-by-side at a public forum at town hall tonight (Thursday), hosted by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. The candidates, incumbent mayor Vivian...

Application for 2013 Wake Forest Parade Oct. 15

Application for 2013 Wake Forest Parade Oct. 15 WAKE FOREST – Applications will be accepted until Oct. 15 for participation in the 2013 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. Applications are available online at wakeforestnc.gov and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St....
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Bright Star Touring Theater presents “Bella Under the Bullying Bigtop” Oct. 15

WAKE FOREST — Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national touring theatre company, will show two free performances of Bella Under the Bullying Bigtop Oct. 15 at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. Show times are 2:20 p.m. and 4 p.m. Suitable for children ages...
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Warranted

— David Leone WAKE FOREST — A routine traffic stop right in front of The Wake Weekly office on East Owen Avenue Sept. 30 resulted in the arrest of Nickolas Dale Jones (right), 32, 169 Cottrell Way, Kittrell. Wake Forest Police Officer E.F. Genao charged Jones with simple...

United Way hosts sixth annual Cow Chip contest

By Jonathan McNamara LOUISBURG — United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) hosts its sixth annual Cow-Chip contest Saturday at the Walmart parking lot. The cow-chip bingo will be at noon and will be part of the Siren3 Cook-Off event. There will be live music from the East Coast Rhythm...
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Owner has car impounded under Run and You’re Done — On Patrol, Oct. 10, 2013

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — A 1990 Chevy passenger vehicle owned by Bennie Pastor Chance IV, 1134 Clear Circle, Wendell, was seized under the “Run and You’re Done” law pending further investigation and court proceedings after the driver attempted to flee from police Sept. 29,...
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They all deserve to know love

Rolesville resident takes care of cats galore. by Clellie Allen with David Allen ROLESVILLE — For more than four years, Janet Wall has had a specific daily routine. She loads up her SUV with various bags and cans of cat food and drives around to the back of the Rolesville Food...
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When cotton was king in Wake Forest

WAKE FOREST — There was a time when the broad fields around Wake Forest were white with cotton every summer, a time when a cotton gin stood on nearly every crossroad, a time when the town commissioners appointed men to two posts, constable and cotton weigher. Come to the program...

Raleigh couple dies in Franklinton wreck

FRANKLINTON — A single vehicle wreck took the lives of two Raleigh residents in Franklinton Oct. 3. According to a preliminary N.C. Highway Patrol incident report, Joseph Davis, 44, and Alexandria Davis, 35, 8008 Strawberry Meadows St., Raleigh, were driving north on U.S. 1 at...
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Wake Commissioners celebrate health, assist transportation

by Burwell Stark The Wake County Board of Commissioners  discussed  construction, grant applications and fund appropriations Monday. Additionally, the board recognized Oct. 18 as Capital Area Veterans Stand Down Day and October as Breast Cancer Awareness month in Wake County....

Louisburg College awarded $2.2 million grant

Franklin County college is the only private institution in N.C. to receive Title III funds. By Jonathan McNamara LOUISBURG — The U.S. Department of Education awarded Louisburg College a $2.2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant Oct. 3. Over the next five...
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Center celebrated

YOUNGSVILLE — Franklin Manor, a residential center specializing in Alzheimer’s and memory care in Youngsville celebrated their ribbon cutting and open house Oct. 3. Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Treasurer Fred Keller, middle, County Commissioner District 2,...

Tennis tournament to be held Oct. 18-20

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Tennis Association is hosting a tennis tournament for adults, ages 18 and older, Oct. 18-20 at Flaherty Park on North White Street. Participants may use their USTA (United States Tennis Association) rating or self-rate themselves for division...
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Two years in a day

Artist’s “magnificent” painting presented during art After Hours Friday. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A painting that studio owner Mary Benejam describes as a “must see” will be presented, along with its artist, at Benejam’s Gilded Palette Gallery Friday for Art After Hours. The...