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Master plan in works for Mountains-to-Sea state trail

RALEIGH — A major component of the ongoing master plan for the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail will be ideas gathered from partners, stakeholders and the public, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. “As we move toward completion of the Mountains-to-Sea State...

First Day hikes at all state parks Jan. 1

RALEIGH — A North Carolina tradition continues New Year’s Day with opportunities to exercise and reconnect with nature on First Day hikes at every state park and recreation area, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. In the past three years, hikers in North...

Business Briefs

Heritage residents donate hundreds of toys Ammons Development and Heritage residents donated 237 toys to the Raleigh Rescue Mission Dec. 18. Members of the master planned community in Wake Forest and Rolesville have been collecting toys since Nov. 25. This is the seventh year the...
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Financial MVPs invest in community

WAKE FOREST — The SunTrust Bank located in downtown Wake Forest won a Most Valuable Team award in August that came with some cash for a team party. According to Vice President and Branch Manager Mark Marley, for several months, the members of the group tried to come up with an...

What will 2015’s economy look like?

By Dr. Mike Walden N.C. Cooperative Extension Economists receive much attention at the beginning of a new year. People want some insight into how the economy will perform. No economist can predict every individual’s economic outlook. Instead, we try to forecast the general trends...

Nominate someone for Innovative Young Farmer Award

RALEIGH — The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is accepting applications for the Innovative Young Farmer of the Year award. The award, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina, rewards the hard work and innovative thinking of young farmers in North Carolina....

Hazard mitigation plan meeting Dec. 30

RALEIGH — An open public meeting will be held to review the final multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan that includes Wake County, Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. The meeting...

New scams to bilk residents of money, just in time for the new year

RALEIGH — The N.C. Attorney General recently warned of scammers calling consumers, pretending to be representatives of Duke Energy and threatening to cut off the power if note paid right away. This scam, which can heat up as the weather turns colder, is taking a new tact. Some...

How to go green at the grocery store

One of the easiest ways to go green is to make more eco-friendly choices at the grocery store: •Begin in the produce aisle. When shopping for produce, stock up on plenty of organic fruits and vegetablesg. Stick to organic for the “dirty dozen” foods, those which are the most...

Notable events from 2014

As a calendar year winds down, many people like to reflect on the preceding 12 months. The end of the year can be a great time for personal reflection, but also an interesting time to look back on the more notable events that took place across the globe since the most recent turn...

Protect yourself when buying refurbished products

When shopping at their neighborhood electronics store or perusing online retailers, consumers will eventually come across refurbished products. Such products typically cost substantially less than similar brand new products, and such savings often ignite suspicion among consumers...

Wake Forest citations reported Dec. 11-17

•Cheryl Arnold Vann, 50, 317 Stone Monument Drive, unsafe lane change. Dec. 17. •Alec Stafford Winterton, 19, 139 Rocking Horse Lane, Youngsville, unsafe movement. Dec. 17. •Mary Ellen Archer, 44, 8524 Battery Crest Lane, speeding. Dec. 17. •Howard Lee Edwards, Jr., 31, 699 Joe...
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Santa’s come to town

WW photo by David Leone
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Williams retiring

Wake Forest town manager has held job since 1993. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — In a surprise statement, Mark Williams announced Wednesday he’s retiring as town manager April 30. He informed town commissioners during the board’s closed session Tuesday night, breaking the news to...

‘Dream home’ property 25 feet short

Town turns down resident’s offer to buy a bigger lawn. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Caveat Emptor: Let the buyer beware. This was the overall gist of Wake Forest commissioners’ refusal to allow town resident Brian Ramey to purchase land beyond his back lot from the town. The...
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Man arrested for sex offense

WAKE FOREST — A local man is in jail on a $400,000 bond for an alleged child porn charge. Carlos Lazaro Rivero, 52, of 428 Longbourn Drive, in the Pemberly subdivision, was arrested by Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy J.W. Carter at his residence Dec. 8 at 8:50 p.m. Rivero is charged...

Avoid holiday package thefts

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is warning homeowners to be vigilant when they have parcels delivered to their homes after a local resident reported having two packages stolen from her front porch. Police say thieves often follow courier trucks and immediately...
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A love story: Foster care to adoption

Local Profiles by Carol Taber WAKE FOREST — There is a pressing need for foster families in Wake County. From March 2013 to March 2014, the latest available statistics, there were 614 children being cared for through the foster care system. In 2011, Brent and Amanda Aucoin...
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Brewery expands

Youngsville facility will allow White Street to more than triple production, and bottle the beer. By David Leone YOUNGSVILLE — White Street Brewing Company is upsizing and has moved its major brewing operations to Park Avenue. Dino Radosta, company founder and owner, held a sneak...
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Family man cleans up in bathroom contest

Dream entry earns $15,000 grand prize in Dove shampoo contest. By Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — What’s a guy gotta do to get a little time and space in his own bathroom? Ask Brian McEwen. The Wake Forest husband and dad of two daughters — with another on the way — relayed his woes...
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Navigating the holidays with diabetes

Amid a season of sweets and special foods, it can be challenging for diabetics to maintain their dietary discipline. But eating certain foods in moderation can help people with diabetes enjoy the flavors of the holidays without compromising their health. The Centers for Disease...
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Students blanket children in need

FRANKLINTON — Inspired by the idea of connecting students with projects that impact the local community, Blake Taylor and students at Franklinton Elementary School are making blankets for those in need — one knot at a time. Taylor teaches fourth grade at Franklinton Elementary...

Teacher grants available

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Franklin County Community Foundation announces the availability of small grants from its education fun to teachers in Franklin County. The mini-grants program was established to encourage creativity in effective teaching throughout the Franklin County School...

Library happenings

Most programs are free. Call for information and to register, if indicated. Libraries will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, and will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 31. At the Wake Forest Community Library" •See Spot Read. Readers of all levels are invited to practice their reading skills...