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Optimists lend a helping hand

WAKE FOREST — Optimist Club members recently took a trip to the Ronald McDonald House near Duke Hospital in Durham to cook brunch for family members of sick children at the hospital. The group prepared and served scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausage, fruit and more, all of...

Holiday films to lift your spirits

One of the more popular traditions during this festive time of year is to watch a favorite holiday film with family and friends. The following are some of the most beloved holiday movies to make it onto the big screen. •It’s a Wonderful Life — In this 1946 Frank Capra-directed...

Lower gas prices a factor in more car travel

CHARLOTTE — Almost 90 percent of North Carolinians traveling this Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrating with a road trip, while enjoying the lowest gas prices in five years. More than 1.3 million North Carolinians are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home. About 1.2...

Twinning in cattle explained

By Martha L. Mobley Late fall and early winter is the predominate calving season for many Franklin County beef producers. Producers who have been in the cattle business for a long time have probably experienced a set of twin calves sooner or later. Many who have had twins born...

Moravian Candle Tea Dec. 6

RALEIGH — As a gift to the community, Raleigh Moravian Church will host its traditional Candle Tea Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 1816 Ridge Road. Visitors are invited to the demonstration and display area, where they are encouraged to ask questions about the Moravian...

Historic park celebrates as in holidays past

RALEIGH — Mordecai Historic Park will host an open house Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Mordecai House — built in 1785 and Raleigh’s oldest house in its original location — and the exterior of the park will be decorated...

Grant funds new initiative at VGCC

HENDERSON — Vance-Granville Community College, in partnership with the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board, has received a $147,000 grant, made possible by federal funds awarded to the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions. VGCC is one of 12 community colleges across...
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Save time, tempt guests with a buffet

Buffet-style meals are often the best option for large gatherings of friends and family. Space constraints can make it difficult to sit everyone down for a formal meal, and buffets enable guests to mingle with one another while selecting only the foods they want to eat. These are...
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Protect your home when traveling

Many families travel during the holiday season, but being away for extended periods of time may leave your home vulnerable to criminals. Alarm systems and neighborhood watch programs can provide some peace of mind, but here are other ways to protect your home when traveling: •Use...

Great gift variety available for the family foodie

The best holiday gifts are often those that encourage their recipients to pursue a passion or favorite hobby. Tickets to a ballgame might be right up a sports fan’s alley, while the family globetrotter would no doubt love a contribution to his or her travel fund. When gifting the...

Heritage shopping center approved by commissioners

Harris Teeter to get a grocery store neightbor, possibly Publix by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Town commissioners approved three rezonings with little comment and no objections Tuesday night, including a new shopping center for Heritage that may include a Publix grocery store. The...
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Ready for Round 2

Wake Forest and Wakefield advance to the second round of the football state playoffs. The Cougars will host Pinecrest and the Wolverines will play at Garner this Friday night. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
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Franklinton to sell water, sewer

by Clellie Allen FRANKLINTON — Commissioners received loud applause Tuesday night when they voted 4-1 to sell the town’s water and sewer utility to the county for $3.2 million. The dissenting vote came from Mayor Pro-tempore John Allers, who said he wished the board had been able...
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Wake Forest loses lawsuit

Siena Drive townhomes back on the table. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A developer of a proposed townhomes site has prevailed in his lawsuit against the town. A judge has ruled that Wake Forest commissioners’ August 2013 vote against the 99-unit Siena Drive townhouse development...
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Rolesville continues land buy downtown

by Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — Town commissioners voted unanimously to approve a purchase contract between the town and Charles Spencer “Spence” Jones for three pieces of property totaling 0.69 acres near the intersection of Louisburg Road (U.S. 401) and West Young Street. The...
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United Way launches 211 service in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Where can I find child care? What adult day care is available for my mother or father? How do I access affordable health care? The questions are difficult enough. Knowing you may spend hours navigating different voice-mail systems before you may find an answer...
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Multiple chances to catch The Nutcracker

ROLESVILLE — Nutcracker fans have several opportunities to enjoy the holiday musical classic nearby in December. City Ballet presents the tale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, at Rolesville High School. Friday’s performance takes place at 7 p.m., and Saturday’s performances...
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Youngsville Old Time Christmas Dec. 6

YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville’s Old Time Christmas gets underway Saturday, Dec. 6, with a pancake breakfast at the EMS building, 215 N.W. Railroad St., followed by the town’s parade at 10 a.m. The popular gingerbread house contest will take place at the National Guard Armory, 116 S....

Louisburg College hosts Thanksgiving meal

LOUISBURG — A Blessing Inc. and Louisburg College will host a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 27. The community is invited to share in the meal in the college cafeteria. A canned food drive is taking place at...
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Neighbors squawk over turkey shoot

Money raised by Moose Lodge shoot goes to charity. By David Leone HIGHLAND CREEK — Erika Ziegler is unhappy with her next-door neighbor. The Raleigh Moose Lodge holds turkey shoots on weekends from late October through Dec. 20, but the noise from the frequent shotgun blasts is...