Go bald for childhood cancer research

WAKE FOREST — The St. Baldricks Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at The Factory on March 7. There more than 300 people will shave their heads in solidarity with...
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Inspirational stories on stage Feb. 7

WAKE FOREST - Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, will offer a free performance of George Washington Carver & Friends on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. Showtime is 1 p.m...
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Wake County crime reports – Week of Jan. 29, 2015

Reported Jan. 17-23. Arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Falls •Jaime Adam Meritt, 38, 10429 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, in Falls, was arrested by State Highway Patrol Trooper J.L. Plattenberger at Falls of Neuse and October roads, Raleigh, in Falls, and...
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Riordan, Hall to wed

FRANKLINTON — Ms. Joan Kemp and Mr. Dave Riordan of Halcottsville, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Riordan, to Brandon Tyler Hall of Franklinton.  He is the son of Mrs. Jenny Edwards of Franklinton and the late Mr. James Hall of Roseboro, and is the...
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Stover, Craig to wed

LOUISBURG — Dr. Phillip and Judy Stover, of Louisburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Danielle Stover to Samuel Jackson Craig IV of Wake Forest. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Audrey Stover, of State College, Pa. and Mrs. Antonette Liberatore, of Canonsburg...

Wake Forest police reassure public: We are working on all leads

Highlights from press conference concerning recent incidents of strangers approaching young children, in rough, bullet format: WF POLICE CHIEF JEFF LEONARD: -Community is understandably concerned about incidents and police response. -Wake Forest has always been considered safe...
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Police investigate incident in Bowling Green subdivision

Episode unrelated to previous attempts to lure children, officials say.  WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest police are investigating a suspicious incident that occurred earlier this evening in the Bowling Green subdivision. Investigators do not believe the episode is related to previous...
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Help for historic mill approved

by Todd Allen LOUISBURG — A plan to redevelop the historic Sterling Cotton Mill in Franklinton received a boost from Franklin County commissioners Tuesday night. Commissioners approved waving $58,800 in capacity fees for the $3.65 million affordable housing project. Plans include...
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Wrecks on the rise

Infrastructure improvements on horizon for Wake Forest. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Like a car that’s passed a stop sign, the area’s growth is picking up speed again. If the Wake Forest town board’s retreat could have a central theme, it would be that. Commissioners met at the...
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Join us for a special dinner

At the start of each year, here at the newspaper, we take some time to plan out not just what we want to do business-wise, but how we want to plug-in and give back to the community in which we live. After all, our motto is Your Community Matters, and every one of us believes in...
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Student gives gift of music for Boy Scout Eagle project

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Music students at Franklin Academy Elementary School have a whole new way to make joyful noise thanks to enterprising Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Wertz. Jonathan, 14, planned and helped build an outdoor musical garden for students, complete with...

Aggressive dogs shot by police

After two unprovoked attacks, Wake Forest police kill marauding canines. By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — A pair of loose dogs menaced residents near Gateway Commons Tues-day morning, biting two and threatening others, before officers ultimately shot and killed them, according to...
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Loiterers raise shop owner’s ire

Commissioners get an earful about downtown smoker scene. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Jones Street Plaza is the place to be. That’s the rebranded name of the T-intersection where Jones and South White streets meet. There’s public art on one corner and in the natural gathering...
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Wake cuts enrollment caps by half

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Jones Dairy and Forest Pines Elementary schools will not have their enrollment capped next year, following action by the Wake County School Board Tuesday to drop the number of capped schools from 20 to 10. Heritage High, however, was added to the...
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Living a visual life

Local Profiles by Carol Taber In a visual society, a video captures more than words can relay. A moment in time that draws the viewer into the subject’s world, powerful enough it leaves an indelible mark on the viewer’s life. No one can forget the images of the Twin Towers...
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Jandy Ammons Foundation doubles awards

RALEIGH — Eleven North Carolina-based nonprofits will have a greater impact in 2015 thanks to The Jandy Ammons Foundation. The local family foundation is giving $234,720 to help the nonprofits fund projects that will collectively support active lifestyles, youth development and...
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On Patrol: Student sexually assaulted at Wakefield High

By David Leone, with Clellie Allen WAKEFIELD — A teenager is in jail for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at Wakefield High school Jan. 8. Devin Mashe Stovall, 19, 859 Colt Drive, Wake Forest, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, statutory rape...
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Bingo, with prizes, coming downtown

Cotton Company event will be held four days a week. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Bingo. Everyone knows its name-o, but do they know it’s coming to downtown Wake Forest in a big way? The Wake Forest Cotton Company, 306 S. White St., will be hosting Beach Bingo four days a week,...
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Singing for their scripts

Forest Moon Theater holds Songwriters’ fundraiser Saturday. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — It’s just four months until their next production, and Forest Moon Theater Company needs some spending money. As he has for two years, Joe O’Keefe, owner of Wine 101, has helped raise funds...
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Wake Forest man wins contest grand prize

WAKE FOREST — Matthew Dickerson of Wake Forest is the winner of The Wake Forest Weekly football contest drawing for a TV. Dickerson won a 40-inch TV which he says will get put to use immediately. Each fall, The Wake Forest Weekly runs a 13-week football prognosticator contest,...
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Walk-around

WAKE FOREST — The long awaited sidewalk replacement and lighting project has come to North White Street. Over the next few months, town workers will dig up the sidewalks and replace the old high-pressure sodium lampposts with taller, brighter LED lights that will illuminate both...

Raleigh to hold flood map hearing

WAKE CROSSROADS — The Raleigh City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Feb. 3, on a flood map revision required by the Mitchell Mill Road widening project which was approved in December. The project will require a flood map revision FP-1-2015 due to an existing culvert...
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Hall of fame farm

FRANKLINTON — Brandy Creek Farm, located in Franklinton, was inducted into the North American South Devon Hall of Fame during the National Western Stock Show in Denver last week. Jenny Edwards, pictured second from the right, accepted the award for her late husband, Ralph...

Gas prices continue falling

RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in...