Wake Forest police reports – week of Jan. 15, 2015

Reported Jan. 5-11. Incidents •Possession of marijuana with intent to sell and distribute was reported on Stadium Drive. Jan. 7, 11:44 a.m. •A purse was stolen from a car located at 865 Durham Road. The purse contained credit cards, house keys, a checkbook, driver’s license and a...

Wake Forest construction permits

The Wake Forest Planning Department reports a total of 141 permits issued for the month of December. There were 117 residential permits, 14 non-residential permits and 10 fire permits. The department conducted 1,223 inspections and performed 97 plan reviews, including 68...
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Third graders at North Forest Pines get surprise visit

WAKE FOREST — Every week during football season, including when tracked out, students in Akemi Sadler’s third grade class posed for a picture holding up good luck signs and ‘Go Wake Forest’ signs for the Wake Forest High School’s varsity football team. Sadler talked with her...
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Franklinton student wins oratory contest

FRANKLINTON — American Legion Post 52 in Franklinton held its annual oratorical contest Jan. 10. The contest is open each year to high school students under 20 years old. Each student competes by speaking on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, emphasizing the duties of citizens...
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School briefs

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Heritage Elementary •Today, Thursday, Heritage Elementary celebrates January birthdays (Tracks 1, 2, and 3). •Jan. 22 — Staff Good Day “Warm and Fuzzy.” Also, PTA meeting 7 p.m. in the media center. Free childcare provided by...
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Strong support shown for police

Events held Saturday in Wake Forest, Louisburg. By David Leone It started out as a simple query on a community Facebook page. The asker, Steven Preddy of Youngsville, wanted to know: What can people do for police in wake of the nationwide protests and recent violence against...

Rolesville considers public works division

Council will discuss plans Feb. 27. By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — After debating through several recent town board meetings whether to expand their annual planning workshop beyond a single day, commissioners opted to stay with a similar agenda from previous years, and limit the...
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County to continue pressure for 401, broadband

LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners are not backing off of the goal of seeing U.S. 401 widened from Rolesville to Louisburg and may petition Congress for help. Although the recent decision by the N.C. Department of Transportation to leave the highway off the Strategic...
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Wake Forest by the numbers

A look inside one month’s work of municipal government. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Municipal government is a complex operation. Not only do town workers keep the lights on, the streets clean, parkland maintained, permits issued and criminals in check, but they have to do it on...

An extra special movie night set for Jan. 23

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a movie night for children with special needs Friday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free event will offer exceptional children and their...
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Man leads cops on 100-mph chase

On Patrol by Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — A Franklin County Sheriff‘s deputy was reviewing paperwork shortly after noon Dec. 23, when he noticed the driver of a gold Ford Taurus acting suspiciously and decided to check it out. A recalcitrant Larry Donnell Williamson ended up leading...

Regional equine mini-series scheduled for 2015

LOUISBURG — Educational informational meetings continue throughout the winter months for equine owners in the region. Mark your calendar and plan to attend an educational mini-series for area horse owners in January and February. All meetings will be held in the Franklin County...

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...

DWI-related deaths fall in 2014

RALEIGH — In 2014, the Highway Patrol investigated 5,460 alcohol related collisions contributing to 3,697 reported injuries. Also as a result, there were 181 people killed, reflecting a 20 percent decrease from the 228 people killed in 2013. Throughout the state, troopers made...
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Public to be tapped in manager search

Wake Forest commissioners looking at aggressive process to find Mark Williams’ replacement. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — “What you want is someone who can hit the ground running and has the competency to handle those challenges,” Stephen Straus said Tuesday to town commissioners....

Successful Small Farms Conference: Feb. 28

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 entitled Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference. The conference will be held at the Vance-Granville Community...
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Brent Sherrod’s sense of place

Artist Loft guest gallery features coastal scenes. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Brent Sherrod has spent a lot of time on the Carolina coast. And it shows in his drawings and paintings, more than a few which feature sand dunes and the structures that inhabit them. About a dozen of...
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Playing both sides

Local Gamers by David Allen You might have heard me talk about it in the past, but the competitive scene in video games is growing larger by the second. We have huge companies and franchises pouring time and effort into making the Electronic Sports scene prosper, for example....
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The Dark Knight returns

Local Gamers by Gordon Coleman Before you get your hopes up, I am not writing about Batman: Arkham Knight, which is next week’s topic. My headline refers to something much more friendly by the name of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Released November of last year to all major...

Kononia celebrates 25th anniversary

Home-grown charity marks quarter century of caring with Feb. 7 auction. 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 pm at The Forks Cafeteria...
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Toll-free calls to Raleigh debuted in ’65

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1925 •Two Wake Forest stores have merged into one. C.S. Barnes, formerly of the Clothing and Shoe Store, is now located just south of the post office in what was formerly Holding’s...

Band in running for competition

WAKE FOREST — The Will McBride Group needs help. The Wake Forest-based jazz-rock trio is currently holding eighth place in a nationwide contest to win the Bands4Good Challenge. The group needs community votes to push past the competition and take over the leaderboard, while also...
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St. Paul staff completes afterschool training

LOUISBURG — Vance-Granville Community College recently partnered with Saint Paul Presbyterian Church Day Care Center in Louisburg to provide continuing education to all employees of the center’s afterschool program. The staff members included Brenda Lynch, Mary Spencer, Barbara...