Balancing protection and safety with salt

By William Lord We have had several bouts of snow and ice this year evidenced by stripes of salt brine that appear on our roads. The N.C. Department of Transporation uses a lot of salt every winter, both as brine and as rock salt. It is nice to have safe, clear roads and...
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Mardi Gras returns downtown

WAKE FOREST — For the second year, the town of Wake Forest is hosting a Mardi Gras street festival, and this year they are combining it with a Renaissance Ball to be held in the newly opened Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. The March 1 events will begin with face painting at 11...

Mestas graduates from infantry training

WAKE FOREST — Army Pvt. Jonathan F. Mestas has completed Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.  The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received...
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Rawlins completes basic training

WAKE FOREST — Air Force Airman 1st Class Russell E. Rawlins graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force...

Byrd promoted to brigadier general

RALEIGH — The North Carolina National Guard promoted Army Col. John Byrd to the rank of brigadier general at the Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters recently. Byrd, a resident of Spring Hope, enlisted in the Guard in 1981. Since then, he has held numerous leadership positions from...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports

Arrests •Lamont Andrea McKoy, 41, 588 Pinkney Church Road, Freemont, was arrested in Johnson County in connection with the recent chop shop bust in Franklin County and charged with 12 counts felony possession of a motor from a stolen motor vehicle, three felony counts of altering...

Wake Forest police reports

Arrests •Kyle Edward Strawser, 29, 5724 Meadow Run, Knightdale, was arrested at 2149 Forestville Road and Coach Lantern Avenue and was charged with driving while impaired (DWI) and failure to comply with restrictions. He was taken to Wake County jail and held on a $1,000 bond....

Wake crime

Reported Jan. 30-Feb. 7. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Falls •Dakotah Andrew Davis, 18, 5113 Cotton Boll Court, Garner, was arrested by Raleigh Police Officer J. Burke at 10800 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, in Falls, and charged with felony...
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Wake County in State of Emergency

The Wake County Board of Commissioners proclaimed a State of Emergency, effective at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 12, in response to the winter storm. The declaration includes all of the municipalities in Wake County and establishes the authority for inter-municipal and...
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Franklin County shelter to open at 5 p.m.

From Franklin County Director of Emergency Services: LOUISBURG — Franklin County will open a shelter at the Franklin County Senior Center in Louisburg (127 Shannon Village) today at 5 p.m. Anyone coming to the shelter should bring all medications and food needed for the first 24...
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Koinonia cares – Charity auction Saturday

Update: Corrected phone number for ordering tickets Koinonia helps locals who need it most. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — There was a time in America when townspeople helped with charitable causes by soliciting donations for a local community chest. Those organizations gave way to...
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Sign ordinance passes, but not quietly

By Clellie Allen ROLESVILLE — Town commissioners capped months of staff and attorney work, community forums and slogging through tedious wording and definitions to update the town’s sign ordinance, passing the revision unanimously Monday night. But the action didn’t happen...
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Apartments plan gets nod

Franklin/bypass intersection “putting people at risk,” planning board members say. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — During quasi-judicial public hearings, board members are required to accept only statements of fact by qualified parties. But no one questioned the validity of a...
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The Hobbit debuts tonight

WAKE FOREST — Tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7 p.m., the Wake Forest High School Theatre Department presents The Hobbit, dramatized by award-winning playwright Patricia Gray and approved by author J.R.R. Tolkien himself. The play features the adventures of hobbit Bilbo...
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This Week In History – Feb. 6, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1834 •Sixteen young men have enrolled to attend the Wake Forest Institute, located on a small farm in the Forest of Wake purchased from Calvin Jones. The Institute is funded by the...

Bunn Centennial celebration heads toward finale

BUNN — The Franklin County community of Bunn has been celebrating its centennial for the past year, and is gearing up for its final two community events. The Sweetheart Centennial Steak Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m. at Bunn Middle School and the Centennial  Spring Fling...
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Opportunity for school vouchers is here

RALEIGH — The Opportunity Scholarship Pro-gram (OSP) was created last year by the North Carolina General Assembly for certain students attending nonpublic schools whose household income qualifies for free or reduced lunch in North Carolina public schools. Online applications are...

Sewer overflows in Wake Forest

WAKE FOREST — The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department responded to a sanitary sewer overflow located behind 330 Tillamook Drive Saturday. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resource’s Division of Water Quality was notified of the overflow. City staff...
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Spelling bee winners keep it in the family

ROLESVILLE — Camryn Hennings, a fourth-grader in Sheila Lundy’s class, correctly spelled bloviate to take top honors at the Rolesville Elementary School spelling bee Jan. 16. Camryn is now qualified to represent her school at the Regional Bee March 15 at N.C. State’s McKimmon...
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Wake Forest High receives construction grant

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest High receives construction grant The Terracon Foundation recently awarded a $3,000 community grant to the Wake Forest High School, Construction Technology Career Academy (CTCA) that will be used to help fund organization projects, field trips, and...
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Folklorist Washington performs Saturday

WAKE FOREST — Award-winning storyteller and multicultural folklorist Donna L. Washington delivers an unforgettable storytelling performance Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. Washington has been sharing stories with audiences for more than 24...

Blood urgently needed

WAKE FOREST — Recent winter storms have led to a severe blood shortage, according to an American Red Cross advisory. Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 600 blood drive cancelations, and nearly 20,000 uncollected...