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Bonds to be sold next week

First $4.3 million in projects include pedestrian underpasses, traffic signals at dangerous intersections, multiple greenway trails. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — $4.3 million in bonds of the voter-approved $25.1 million referendum will be issued next week. Once they’ve been sold...
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‘Friend to all,’ Rolesville police chief retires

ROLESVILLE — It was fitting that a retirement celebration for Rolesville Police Chief Matt Anderson, who has served the town since 1990, would be filled with jokes and amusing mementos as Anderson is well known for always having a quip or pun handy to make others laugh. “The...
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Woman seriously injured in dog attack

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — A Wake Forest resident is recovering at WakeMed after falling and breaking her leg and suffering multiple bites while trying to protect her beloved dog from an attack by two larger dogs Feb. 19. According to her longtime friend Bob Allen, Mavis Dew...
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Deliciously inventive – The Lemon Tree

Local Profiles by Carol Taber If you are looking for something deliciously adventurous, The Lemon Tree Café, tucked next to Virgilio’s on 113 S. White Street, is a must-visit for area foodies. All the soups, salad, sandwiches and pasta are made fresh daily by owner Stacey Moritz,...
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Icy weather causes major water woes

FRANKLINTON — Last week’s record cold temperatures were to blame for broken water pipes in Franklinton which led to dangerously low water pressure Sunday morning and a 36-hour boil water advisory for residents. Shortly before 7 a.m., Mayor Elic Senter posted a notice on his...

Four locals named teacher of year semi-finalists

WAKE FOREST — Four local teachers have been named as semi-finalists for the 2015-16 Wake County Schools teacher of the year: •Jean Hockenyos, Wakefield Elementary School, •Shannon Lowry, Rolesville Middle School, •Clinton McCaskill, Heritage High School, and •Laura Stiles,...
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Mayor: Stay positive amid changes

Annual State of Town remarks touch on public safety and growth issues. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — What is the current state of affairs in the town of Wake Forest? The truth is, the answer is subjective, as Mayor Vivian Jones noted in her State of the Town speech Monday night....

Errata – week of Feb. 26, 2015

A photo in last week’s edition for Wake Forest Baptist Church’s anniversary was inadvertently credited to Associate Editor David Leone. The photo was submitted by Elizabeth Williams. In the Feb. 12 edition, we published a list of the local school report cards, and unfortunately...
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Youth harp ensemble to perform

WAKE FOREST — Another harpist is coming to play at Wake Forest Baptist Church. Well, make that 11 harpists, members of the American Youth Harp Ensemble, who are stopping by the church March 7 for a 90-minute concert during their southern U.S. tour. “We had them four or so years...

Applications for Wake Electric scholarship available

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Electric Scholarships program is now accepting applications for the following 2015 scholarships: Fred M. Alford Memorial Scholarship — Wake Electric awards one Fred M. Alford Memorial scholarship of $2,000. This scholarship is in memory of former Wake...

Don’t miss upcoming performances at Wake Forest High

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest High School’s  Advanced Theater students, known as Troupers, will showcase their solution performances for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) competition in their annual OM Spectaculathon Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.  Admission is free....
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Heritage art students create silk banners

WAKE FOREST — The Heritage High School PTSA has officially unveiled five beautiful silk banners made by Heritage High School art students. The banners are located in the school lobby. Art students participated in an artist-in-residency program with award-winning artist Leni...

Important things to know in a power outage

RALEIGH — During power outages, people may use alternative energy sources to stay warm. However, many alternative energy sources create carbon monoxide (CO), an invisible, odorless, colorless gas which can cause breathing difficulty, headaches, nausea and even lead to deat...

Reporting power outages

If you lose power in this week’s winter storm (or at any other time), call your power company. Do not call 911 unless there is an emergency. To report outages, use the following numbers: •Wake Electric: 800-743-3155 or 919-863-6499. •Duke Energy Progress: 800-419-6356. •Town of...
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The weight of professional gaming

Local Gamers by David Allen A few weeks ago, I got a chance to sit down and talk to American professional gamer and Super Smash Bros. Melee champion Kevin Nanney.  His history with the game, his thoughts on the competitive scene of video games, what his approach to competing is...
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Use caution on snow, ice

RALEIGH — Road conditions Thursday could be treacherous with snow and ice making driving dangerous. For those that need to travel, follow these safety tips: •Have at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle. •Make sure your tires are properly inflated. •Have an emergency kit...

Rural development program rescheduled

FRANKLINTON — Due to the inclement weather, the USDA Rural Development program has been rescheduled to March 4. Did you know that there is a program through USDA Rural Development that can help with repair loans and grants for single family housing? If you would like to learn...
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Brooke Kirk has stage debut

WAKE FOREST — Brooke Lezli Kirk of Wake Forest was one of a handful of locals to be cast in the North Carolina Theater production of Billy Elliot, The Musical. In her stage debut, Kirk played Ballet Girl, Sharon Percy. “Billy Elliot was the experience of a lifetime. This cast and...
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Heritage High student accepted to West Point

WAKE FOREST — U.S. Congressman George Holding announced that a Heritage student has been accepted to West Point. “It’s an honor to announce that Blake Robert Walters, of Wake Forest, has been offered an appointment to the United States Military Academy,” Holding said in a...

Heritage Elementary hold winter program

WAKE FOREST — Heritage Elementary held its winter program Jan. 22. The performance included the Track 1 and 2 fifth graders playing hand chimes on both treble clef and bass clef. The third grade show, entitled Sno Biz, and three fifth-graders, who represented Heritage in the N.C....
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Wilkins named as veterans services director

LOUISBURG — Brenda Wilkins has been selected as the new Veterans Services Officer for Franklin County. She takes the place of Victor Alston who retired in December. Since Alston’s retirement, Wilkins has served part-time as interim VSO, assisting veterans, spouses and their...

Youngsville Elementary principal named

LOUISBURG — A specially called Franklin County Board of Education meeting was held Monday and Marylin Newkirk was named Principal of Youngsville Elementary School. Newkirk comes to FCS with experience as an assistant principal and director of curriculum and instruction in Durham...
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Grant funds robotic equipment for mechatronics training

CREEDMOOR — The Mechatronics lab on Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus continues to gain state-of-the-art equipment, purchased with grant funds. The newest addition is the MAS-200 Modular Assembly System produced by SMC International Training, a company based in...
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Chinchillas raised in 1955

This Week in History - Feb. 26, 2015 In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1925 •The Wake Forest High school basketball team trounced Fuquay Springs 35-16. Joe Holding scored 11 times, garnering 20 of the team’s 35...