Ash spill prompts water sampling

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started sampling water quality at the upper end of the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Virginia as part of the state agency’s ongoing response to the coal ash spill in Eden. Including the Kerr reservoir, DENR...

Ammonia omitted from water treatment

RALEIGH — The city of Raleigh will temporarily stop adding ammonia to its water treatment disinfecting process Feb. 26. The change in treatment is required by federal and state regulations governing the operation of the city’s water system. The city will resume adding ammonia to...
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Pet food giveaway a huge success

YOUNGSVILLE — Despite a dreary start Saturday, the sun finally came out and pet owners arrived at the Franklin County SPCA office in Youngsville to pick up their share of more than 1,500 pounds of free dog and cat food for their pets. To qualify for services, clients must be...
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Spring showers may bring more than flowers

Wake County Extension Master Gardeners can help after record wet year. RALEIGH — While 2013 ranked as the eighth wettest year on record, it was the wettest year without a tropical storm event. And rainfall to date in 2014 in the Triangle area also is keeping ahead of average. The...
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Volunteers beautify Franklin Street

More than 50 volunteers joined forces Feb. 9, and with the help of sponsors Sheetz and Fonville Morisey Realty, collected in excess of 30 bags of trash along the road leading up to the intersection of Franklin Street and Rogers Road in the Heritage neighborhood.

Parenting seminar Saturday

RALEIGH — Have you ever wondered how to be a better parent, or how to teach your child to be responsible, committed, confident, reliable and conscientious? How can you help your child withstand peer pressure? A free seminar for women — Parenting Part II, Matters of the Heart — is...

Help with hazard mitigation planning

WAKE FOREST — Wake County is working with Wake Forest and its other municipalities to develop a multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan to identify and assess the community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best minimize and manage those risks. An established plan...

Time to revive, rename that resolution

Statistics show that only 8 percent of resolution makers actually meet their goals. Wow, that’s astounding! If only the excitement of the goal planning and the hope of change that the new year brings would last more than a few weeks, maybe we would get somewhere. I am here to...

Small farms conference Saturday

LOUISBURG — Small farmers are invited to attend a regional conference, Successful Small Farms Opportunities, this Saturday at 9 a.m., at the Vance-Granville Community College multipurpose building in Louisburg. A variety of workshops are scheduled to highlight the latest farming...

Coat drive begins Saturday

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Youth Advisory Board is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets during the month of March as part of a community service project. All donated coats will be given to the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club for distribution to local people in...

Plant a tree on Arbor Day

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Arbor Day in North Carolina is March 21 this year. Take time to celebrate by planting a tree. Saturday, March 15, the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office sponsors its annual tree giveaway at 9 a.m. at the Farmers Market in the Shannon Village Shopping...

Vacation home insurance fraud suspect arrested

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin last week announced the arrest of Robin Michelle Crabel, 46, of 28 Walnut Hill Drive, Ebony, Va. She was charged with one felony count each of embezzlement by an insurance agent and obtaining property by false pretense. Department of...
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Vermiculture defined at gardening event

HENDERSON — Vance County Cooperative Extension presents Backyard Gardening: Getting Down to Basics, a symposium scheduled Saturday, March 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 305 Young St., in Henderson. The power of worms in the garden and beyond...

AARP offers tax prep help

FRANKLINTON — The AARP Foundation will assist with free individual federal and N.C. state income tax preparation and e-filing for anyone who needs help.  The assistance is available at the Franklinton Senior Center, 206 East Mason St., Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through...

Vote on horse referendum March 11

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Horse and other equine animal owners and lessors will vote across the state March 11 to determine whether to continue to voluntarily assess themselves $2 per ton of commercial horse feed in order to provide funds to promote the interests of the horse industry....

Town parks’ restrooms to open March 10

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation department is scheduled to open the outdoor restrooms and water fountains at the following town parks Monday, March 10: •Ailey Young Park, 800 Juniper Ave. •E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road •Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Av...
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Donating on tax form will help to conserve state’s wildllife

WAKE FOREST — With the click of a mouse or the stroke of a pen, people can help keep North Carolina wild by donating on line 31 of their N.C. state income tax form. Donations support the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, which helps the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission...

Wake Forest police reports – Feb. 27, 2014

Arrests •Fredrick Lamonte Gill, 21, was arrested at 602 E. Pine Ave., on an order for arrest. He was taken to the Wake County jail and held on a $1,000 bond. Officer N.S. Dillard, Feb. 23, 8:45 p.m. •Daniel John Rosenberg, 23, 10039 Seawell Dr., was arrested at Capital Boulevard...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports – Feb. 27, 2014

Arrests •Michael Nieves, 24, 964 Hicks Road, Franklinton, was arrested at home and charged with aggravated assault. He was taken to the Franklin County jail and held on a $5,000 bond. Deputy I. Jones, Feb. 24, 2:03 a.m. •Christopher Alan Klein, 32, 243 Tillamook Drive, Wake...

Wake crime – Feb. 27, 2014

Reported Feb. 8-11. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Falls •Larceny was reported at a nursing home on the 1100 block of Falls River Avenue, Raleigh, in Falls. Feb. 11, midnight. Franklinton •Delois Faye Ellis, 48, 142 Pocomoke Road, Franklinton, was...

Rolesville police reports – FEB. 27, 2014

Arrests •Brittiny Simone Thomas, 20, 3721 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest, was arrested at 603 S. Main St. and charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana. Officer S. McKimmey, Feb. 22, 5:20 p.m. •Dagoberto Alejo Gonzalez, 38, 145 Kings...
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The redcoats are coming

Zack Tyler shows off handmade British officer’s garb from a War of 1812 re-enactment in Raleigh Saturday. The re-enactors come to the Wake Forest History Museum March 29. More details in an upcoming issue.
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Mayor: Town better off

Vivian Jones credits doers of past, present in her State of the Town speech. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — If Mayor Vivian Jones’ remarks about the State of the Town, delivered Monday night at the town-run Renaissance Centre, could be summed up in one word, it would be: Busy. The...
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Valentine’s heat

Firefighters from Stony Hill and Wake Forest departments responded to a shed fire Friday, when an explosion was reported on Keith Road in Wakefield.