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Wakefield grad drowns in accident

WAKE FOREST — Timothy Michael Adams, who graduated last month from Wakefield High School, drowned Saturday in the Tuckaseigee river near East LaPorte Park River Access Area about 3.5 miles outside of Cullowhee, according to news reports. “Tim was taken from us too soon in a...
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Fireworks to go on

12:30 p.m. update: Wake Fourth of July Committee Chair Rhonda Alderman confirms gates will open at 5:30 as expected. Hurricane Arthur may play havoc with coastal areas, but will not affect local plans to celebrate Independence Day. by David Leone A veritable monsoon dampened the...
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Big box store advances

Resident’s objections to Sam’s Club overruled for ‘lack of evidence.’ By David Leone WAKE FOREST — David Bissette wrote out on paper his objections to a Sam’s Club planned for Caveness Farms Avenue to present at Tuesday night’s Planning Board public hearing. He left several...
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Tower up in smoke?

Wake Forest High junior Ashley Bisby captured this array of workmen working to remove the 130-year-old smokestack at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary this week. Now the seminary’s old coal-fed (and later, gas powered) boilers have been replaced, the smokestack over the...
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Deputy rams car to stop dangerous fugitives

By Clellie Allen YOUNGSVILLE — A Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy was forced to use his vehicle to stop a pair of fugitives and prevent potential serious injury or death to innocent drivers at about noon June 20. Deontre Dwayne Bradshaw, 27, and his reported girlfriend, Brittney...

People want more from Joyner Park

Picnic tables, disc golf desired; baseball fields, not so much. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — What is it with disc golf? More than 550 people responded to a town survey asking what they’d like to see done with the last 43 acres of the 117-acre Joyner Park. And, while a sizable...
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No rain date for fireworks

Tropical storm Arthur looming off Carolina coast. By David Leone A veritable monsoon dampened the Wake Forest Independence Day festivities last year, but the show still went on. Event officials say that this year, they’ll most likely do the same. “There is no rain date. Right now...
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A hometown role model

By David Allen WAKE FOREST — First impressions are important, and Joel Schmidt strikes you immediately as a man with a sound head on his shoulders. Joel, 18, graduated from Wake Forest High last year, and has attended his first semester at East Carolina University. But what is...

Dead newborn unearthed; born healthy

By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — An 8.5-pound baby girl was reportedly born at home alive and healthy sometime Sunday morning, but was found dead and buried in the back yard of a Fox Ridge Farms home that night. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to...
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Public workshop on gas pipelines July 8

YOUNGSVILLE — PSNC will hold an informal community workshop July 8, 4-8 p.m. at Hill Ridge Farms, 703 Tarboro Road, to discuss a new natural gas transmission pipeline. In a letter to Rolesville Town Manager Bryan Hicks, PSNC Energy’s Craig Bodie wrote that the company has...
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This Week In History – July 3, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1964 •Leaflets distributed to polling places in Franklin County criticized candidates for governor and state offices for catering to black voters. Signed, only with The Franklin...
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A day for lily blooms

Wake Forest’s Bobby Baxter, below, shows off a field full of daylillies and other flowers he grows behind a friend’s house off Wait Avenue over the weekend. The perennial plants were for sale, but many came just to enjoy the flora. (For more pictures, see the photo gallery.)

Independence Day closures

All Wake and Franklin municipal and county offices, including libraries, will be closed tomorrow, (Friday) in observance of Independence Day. Emergency police, fire and rescue services may be reached by calling 9-1-1. Garbage normally picked up Friday will be picked up Saturday....

Garden dedication July 10

LOUISBURG — After three years searching for the right location and a volunteer base, The United Way of Franklin County is set to dedicate its Feeding Franklin garden July 10. Located at the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, 285 T Kemp Road, the garden will help support Feeding...

Library offers storytimes

Bring little ones to the Wake Forest Com-munity Library, 400 E. Holding Ave., for storytime during the month of July. For more information, call 919-554-8498. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. •See Spot Read — July 18,...

GOP clubs host picnic July 12

WAKE COUNTY — Area Republican clubs are sponsoring a Red, White and BBQ picnic Saturday, July 12, at 6 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet elected officials, candidates and other Republicans at the event, which takes place at Cozart’s Farm, 3524 Mark’s Creek Road in...

Heritage student serves as page

RALEIGH — Heritage High School student Megan Elizabeth Matula served as a page during the recent session of the North Carolina Senate. Megan was sponsored by Senator Jim Davis and was appointed by the Senate president pro tempore, Phil Berger.  She is the daughter of John and...

Swim Across America at Granite Falls

ROLESVILLE — Champion swimmers will take part in a fundraiser for cancer research July 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club. Attending the Swim Across America event are 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Elaine Breeden, 2012 gold-medalist Charlie Houchin...

Host an exchange student

WAKE FOREST — Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families for the 2014-15 school year.  Host families serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active...

School Briefs

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com or by fax to 919-556-2233. Heritage Elementary Tracks 1, 2 and 3 begin July 7 at Heritage Elementary School. Homeschool news Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Association holds its annual used curriculum sale and homeschool resource...
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Something to love about tennis camp

At last week’s tennis camp sponsored by the Wake Forest Area Tennis Association in cooperation with the town parks and recreation department at Flaherty Park, campers learned various strokes, rules and etiquette. In the front row from left are Austin Patrey, Rebekah Speier, Ethan...

Take part in wild turkey survey

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys. From now through Aug. 31, wild turkey sightings by volunteers and Wildlife Commission staff can be recorded and entered into an online database. The...

Locate lost insurance policies

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Insurance now offers a lost life insurance and annuity inquiry service to help consumers locate benefits from life insurance policies or annuity contracts purchased in North Carolina. Individuals who believe they are beneficiaries — as well as...